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Главная » 2012 » Январь » 16 » Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1045
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1045
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1045
BID: $OPDX.1045
January 16, 2012
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & ARRL DX, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX,
(60m News), W9OL, 5Q2J, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter,
DL1SBF,, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX,
HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I1RBJ, LU1FAM, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX
Portal, YT3W and ZS2DL for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 8th-January, through Sunday, 15th-January there were 215
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A,
9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV,
BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU,
E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG,
FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH,
HI, HK, HK0/m, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA,
JD/o, JT, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA,
OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY,
PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ,
TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V8, VE,
VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB,
YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or
  more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work
  First Worry Later" (WFWL).

3D2C, CONWAY REEF. Operators Hrane/YT1AD (Team leader), David/K3LP
(Technical Co-leader), Aleksey/UA4HOX (Organization Co-leader), Paul/
N6PSE (PR), Atilano/PY5EG, Vasily/RW4NW, David/WD5COV, Carlos/EA1IR,
Joe/AA4NN, David/AH6HY, Alan/AD6E, Gabriele/I2VGW and Alan/K6SRZ (Medical
Doctor) and possibly two others (spots are open!) will be active as 3D2C
from Conway Reef (OC-112) between September 25th and October 6th. Most
of these operators were active from Rotuma as 3D2R last year. Activity
will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, SSTV and PSK31. Suggested
frequencies are:
  CW  - 1822, 3503, 7005, 10105, 14025, 18075, 21025, 24895 and 28025 kHz
  SSB  - 1835, 3795, 5403.5, 7082, 14190, 18150, 21295, 24950 and 28495 kHz
  RTTY - 1835, 3582, 7035, 10145, 14081, 18100, 21081, 24920 and 28081 kHz
  SSTV - 3723, 7035, 14230, 21335 and 28680 kHz
  PSK31 - 1835, 3582, 7035, 10145, 14081, 18100, 21081, 24920 and 28081 kHz

  The 3D2C team will be active from Conway Reef on 2m and 6 EME using
WSJT65 (A,B,C) on 50.375 MHz and 144.375 MHz. A 6 meter beacon will be
active on 50.095 MHz. QSL via YT1AD, direct (w/SAE or SASE + 1 USD for
normal postage, 2 USDs for Airmail) or by the Bureau. For more details
and updates, visit the 3D2C Web page at:

3V, TUNISIA. SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8SS
from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse, during the
CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 27-29th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry.
QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page

4W, TIMOR-LESTE. Vlad, UA4WHX, is once again on the move and is currently
active as 4W0VB from Timor-Leste (OC-148). His length of stay is not known
as of press time. Activity has been mainly CW on 40/30/20/17/12 meters.

7P8, LESOTHO. Donovan, ZS2DL, will lead a team of operators to Lesotho
between November 9-19th. The team of 8 operators will be active on 80-10
meters focusing mainly on CW and RTTY with possibly some SSB. A callsign
has not yet been assigned (currently awaiting official papers from the
Lesotho Communications Authority - possibly 7P8D). Donovan is looking
for operators and sponsors. QSL direct via: LESOTHO DXPEDITION 2012,
P.O. Box 29169, Sunridge Park, 6008, SOUTH AFRICA (w/2 USDs - Please no
IRC as it is difficult to convert at the post office). A OQRS system
(PayPal) will also be implemented just before the expedition. Logs will
be uploaded to LoTW within 12 months after the DXpedition has ended. For
more details, visit:  

8Q, MALDIVES (Date Change). Operators Bert/CX3AN and Mario/CX4CR will be
active as 8Q7HU from Maafushi Island, Kaafu Atoll (AS-013), between
February 6-15th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the
Digital modes. There will be a special emphasis on South America.

9M2, WEST MALAYSIA (Special Event). Neoh, 9M2CLN, station master for the
Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter Society (MARTS), announced that the
special event callsign, 9M4CNY, will be active to celebrate the "Chinese
New Year Cultural And Heritage Celebration 2012" from Penang Island
(AS-015) on January 29th, between 0700-1600z. Suggested frequency are
14288 kHz and 7088 kHz, SSB only. QSL only direct to address on

A5, BHUTAN. Iain, G4SGX, will be active as A52JF from Bhutan between
February 11-15th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK
and JT65. He will use K3 radio. QSL via his home callsign. For updates,
watch Iain's Blog page at:

C5, GAMBIA. Alan, G3XAQ, will be active as C56XA from The Gambia between
February 27th and March 15th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW.
Also, look for Alan to participation in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest
(March 10-11th). QSL via G3SWH.

CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS. Julius, OM7JG, will once again be active from
Madeira Island (AF-014) as CT9/OM7JG during the ARRL DX CW Contest
(February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via

CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS. Tibor, OM3RM, will be active as CR3A during the
ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power
entry. QSL via CT3EE. Look for him before the contest as CT9/OM3RM.

CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update). From the <> Web
page dated January 14th: "We are in the process of rescheduling the CY0
operation. Our business schedules will dictate, in part, when we can make
another attempt. The goal is to select a time after the winter weather
conditions to increase the certainty next time of being able to travel
to Sable Island without delay from a winter storm. Once a date as been
confirmed with the Sable Island station, we plan to recruit a CW operator,
with DXpedition or contest experience, to 'round out' the team. With
improving propagation conditions, the band conditions will provide more
opportunity than two operators can satisfy. The plan is for:
    1st Operator - WA4DAN -  70% SSB, 30% CW
    2nd Operator - AA4VK  - 100% SSB
    3rd Operator - ?????? -  70% CW, 30% SSB
  Continue to check the CY0dxpedition Web site and the various DX bulletins
for updates."

DAYTON HAMVENTION (Press Release - SWODXA DX Dinner). Joe, W8GEX, reports:
"The SOUTHWEST OHIO DX Association (SWODXA) is pleased to announce that
we will again sponsor the DX Dinner ™, held in conjunction with the 2012
Dayton Hamvention®. This, our 27th annual dinner, will be on Friday, May 18,
2012. The dinner will again be at the Dayton Marriott, 1414 S. Patterson
Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409.
  There will be a cash bar starting at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at
7:00. Following the meal, there will be a separate room and cash bar
available for more fellowship. This is an excellent opportunity to meet
new hams, and renew old acquaintances, as well as learn about past
DXpeditions and those in the planning stages.
  We were pleased with our new venue at the Marriott last year. The dining
room is on the ground floor so there are no steps, there is a larger
capacity, and there is ample free, on-site parking.
  This dinner is always well attended by some of the most avid DXers in
the world. As in the past, there will be some major door prizes, and
there is always great anticipation as to who will be named the 'DXpedition
of the Year'.
  The Marriott is a large hotel with many room choices. Should you need
accommodations, their Web site is <>
and their phone number is 937 223-1000.
  Details and dinner reservation information can be found on the SWODXA
Web site, at <>. From there, click on the DX Dinner icon.
You can print the reservation form and submit it with your personal check
or money order. And as an alternative, we are happy to announce that this
year we are also accepting PayPal and credit card payments.
  Program details and a list of the prizes will be on the Web site as
they become available. Check out our Facebook page at 'Southwest Ohio DX
Association', or follow us on Twitter @SWODXA"

FR, REUNION. Pierre, F8APV, will be active  as FR/F8APV from Reunion
Island (AF-016) between January 22nd and February 10th. Activity will
take place everyday between 0100-0400z on 40/30 meters CW, and then
between 1700-1900z on 20 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

FS, SAINT MARTIN (Also PJ7). Benoit, F8PDR, will be active as FS/F8PDR
from Saint Martin (NA-105, WLOTA 383, DIFO FS-001) between February
5-16th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mainly CW and RTTY, with
100 watts into a dipole and vertical antennas. He is also planning a
side trip to Sint Maarten (PJ7). QSL via F8DPR, direct or by the Bureau
and also LoTW.

HK0NA DXPEDITION (Latest News Dated January 12th). The following press
release is from the HK0NA Web page [edited]: "The 'Fabulous Four' (Faber/
HK6F, Jim/HK1N, Bolmar/HK1MW and Salim/HK1T) advance team continue their
work of building the infrastructure for HK0NA with emphasis shifting now
to OP. A (top of the mountain). And their spare time making some QSOs
with the deserving.
  Of course, we are hearing from a small minority that they are doing
everything wrong and not listening here or there or whatever. May we
suggest to you and everyone be patient, and remember that 16 more operators
will be there the morning of the 21st for up to 17 days.
  Yesterday the DXCC desk confirmed that QSOs made by the advance team,
when they used their individual calls, will count for DXCC purposes.
Those logs will not be available until after the DXpedition concludes.
May we suggest that you work HK0NA also.
  We intend to upload the HK0NA logs to ClubLog soon after the arrival
of the main operating team. Don't bother checking the 'Log Online' until
  Lastly, our volunteer pilots kindly request that you not contact them
until after the main operation begins! .... Thanks to all!"
  ADDED NOTE: Some pictures are now available and can be viewed on the
HK0NA Web page under "Camp Setup". For more details and updates, visit:
LATEST MINUTE UPDATE: The HK0NA Web page is reporting: "For the last
couple of nights there have been many bogus HK0NA spots on the clusters.
While there is a limited operation by the advance crew, and thus some
of the spots are valid, one or more 'slims' are apparently calling CQ
using the HK0NA call." Read the whole press release on the Web page for
more details under "Latest News".

IOTA DXPEDITION (NA-172/NA-050/NA-004). Rick, K6VVA, informs OPDX [edited]:
"After completing NA-242 last July with Mike, K9AJ, 2012 is the year to
now wrap up a 'Clean Sweep' of the KL7 North Slope IOTA #'s. Plans are
to start with NA-172 left over from last year partly due to area fog
problems. Mike may also join me for the other two. I hope to finalize
NA-004 approval soon. Several other KL7 IOTA trips are also in the
planning stages, and Mike (and I) still have NA-240 targeted for June
28-30th, 2012." Stay tuned for more details on the "KL7 North Slope IOTA
EXTRAVAGANZA!!", by watching the Web page at:
Also, check TWITTER at:
QSL "ONLY" via N6AWD (direct or by the Bureau). Rick states, "If I/we
respond to a callsign or partial callsign that is NOT even close to
yours, please QRX and do NOT call. Really. Seriously. And please, NO

IOTA NEWS..............
  EU-059.  Operators Allan/GM3OZB, Barry/GM3YEH, Bill/GM3ZRT, John/GM0DJG,
          Gordon/MM0BIM and Declan/EI6FR will be active as GM7WCO/p from
          St. Kilda Island between May 16-21st. Activity will be on the
          HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB and possibly RTTY. QSL via

  NA-085.  Dennis, WA2USA, is to be active as WA2USA/4 from St. George
          Island (USI FL007S, Franklin County, Fl) between February
          1-27th. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via WA2USA,
          direct or by the Bureau. For more details, see Dennis's Web
          site at:      

  SA-018.  (UPDATE) Operators Roberto/CE3CT (ex-CE4CT), Pedro/CE3FZ and
          Luc/LU1FAM will be active as 3G7C from Chiloé Islands between
          April 15-18th. Activity will be focused on 30 meters and the
          low bands. They will have 2 stations active on CW, SSB and
          RTTY. QSL via: PO BOX 3159, SANTIAGO DE CHILE, CHILE. They
          are looking for funds and support would be appreciated,
          please contact:
          For updates and operating frequencies, visit:

  SA-030.  Look for a Uruguayan team to activate Flores Island as CV5A
          during March. QSL via CX2ABC. No other details were provided.

J3, GRENADA. Once again, members of the "Buddies in the Caribbean" 2012
(Team #1) will mount a mini-DXpedition to Grenada (NA-024) between February
1-9th. The Buddipole team, which specializes in 100 watts or less low power
radios and the Buddipole portable antenna systems, will have fixed oper-
ations from a cliff-top villa and portable operations from various points
on the island using CW, SSB, and the Digital modes, on 160-10 meters.
The team consists of the following operators: Budd/W3FF, Mike KC4VG,
Chris/W6HFP, Guy/N7UN, Bill/W7ZT, Weymouth/K8EAB, Paul/KB9AVO and Steve/
WG0AT. Licensing is not yet complete, but each operator is expected to
receive their J3/callsign. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or mail to operator's home
callsign (SASE required).

J3, GRENADA. Roy, KE4TG, will once again be active as J38RF between
February 8th and March 8th. His primary interest is the Digital modes
using a K-3 with a G5RV and phased vertical antennas. There may be some
CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

J3, GRENADA. Harry, AC8G, will once again be active as J37K between
March 1-5th. Activity will include the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 3-4th)
as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL to AC8G, stateside direct with
SASE. For others sending by the Bureau, please clearly mark for QSLs to
go to AC8G. Also via LoTW (a week or so after the contest).

JD1, OGASAWARA. Koji, JI1LET, will once again be active as JI1LET/JD1
from Chichijima Islands (AS-031) between April 29th and May 5th. Activity
will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.

JW, SVALBARD. Torkel, LA6VJA, will once again be active as JW6VJA from
the JW5E club station in Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026)
for only 24 hours on February 11th. Activity will probably be on the
low bands as it will be in the dark hours around the clock. QSL via
LA6VJA, direct or by the Bureau. Also, he will upload his log to LoTW.
For more details, visit:

Jan/16th  AN      Jan/19th  AN      Jan/21st  AN
Jan/17th  AN      Jan/20th  AN      Jan/22nd  AN-HN
Jan/18th  AN

    NORMALITY              GEOMAG      K Values    Alpha
  -----------------        ------      --------    ------
  AN  - Above Normal      Quiet        K=0-1      0-7
  HN  - High Normal        Unsettled    K=2        8-15
  LN  - Low Normal        Active      K=3        16-29
  BN  - Below Normal      Minor Storm  K=4        30-49
  DIS - Disturbed          Major Storm  K=5        50-99
  VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9      100-400

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Yuriy, N2TTA, will be active as KP2MM during
the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW. For more details, see:

P4, ARUBA. Helmut, DF7ZS, will be active from Aruba (SA-036) possibly
as P40S from P40V's QTH between March 21-27th. Activity will include
the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th). QSL via DF7ZS.

PACIFIC TOUR (Changes To The HA Operation). Laci, HA0HW, received the
following press release from Pista, HA5AO [edited]: "HA South Pacific
Tour 2012 - Press Release II - (For immediate release) -- We had two
focuses on our announced January/February 2012 South Pacific DX Tour:
T2 and T30 with possible operation from T33. We are regret to advise
that we had to cancel the operation from T2 and T30. That was the bad
news. The good one is that our new target is C2, Nauru.

  The reasons of these very last minute changes, which are out of our
control, are as follows:
  1) We had to cancel the T30 as the flights from Fiji to Tarawa have
    been suspended since 12 September 2011, due to the air traffic
    dispute between Kiribati and Fiji. There is high risk to extend the
    flight disruption for an even longer period. After the consultation
    with the airlines and our consulate in Canberra, we were advised
    that 'there is high risk of not getting to Tarawa or not being able
    to leave Tarawa for a long, undefined period of time. This situation
    does not affect the flights to Tuvalu and Nauru.' We were waiting
    until the very last minute hoping that the air traffic dispute between
    Fiji-Tarawa-Fiji will be solved, but the flights have not been
    restarted, yet.

  2) The Tuvalu government declared a nation-wide state of emergency on 28
    September 2011 due to critical shortages of drinking water. The state
    of emergency was declared after existing desalination plants broke,
    exacerbating an already dire situation. The water crisis is still
    serious on two of the worse affected islands, the capital island of
    Funafuti and Nukulaelae. The airlines still do not accept excess
    baggage at all, including hand luggages, because of the loads of
    drinking water containers by Red Cross. We could only check in less
    than a third of our technical stuff, resulting in significant and
    unreasonable limitation of the station set up. Due to this restriction
    we decided to cancel the T2HA Tuvalu operation, as well.

  3) Due to the above detailed situation, we decided to change the target
    of our DXpedition to C2, Nauru. Operation is planned between 10th
    January and 6th February 2012 as C21HA with two stations on all HF
    bands. Log search and further info:

  It was the first time that we asked support and received contributions
from DX Foundations, DX Organizations and individuals. We appreciate
these supports very much. However, we will contact all organizations and
individuals who supported us, and will pay the donations back if these
changes would make them disappointed, despite the fact that Nauru is much
better ranked on the most wanted DXCC list.....
73' Pista, HA5AO and George, HA5UK"

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated January 15th)
  3Z20WOS via SP5YOW    DL/MD0VMD via MD0VMD        OD5PY via KU9C
  4L4ZA via DJ1CW        DL50LINDAU via DL1CBQ      PJ4C via F9IE
  4W0VB via UA4WHX      DQ775BLN via DL7PI          TI2/AA8VL via AA8VL (*)
  9A201A via 9A1A        ED7IVN via EA7IVN          UA1ZEY/MM via RW6HS (d)
  9A205K via 9A5K        EK6TA via DJ0MCZ (d)        V5/DJ5AO via DJ5AO
  9G1YK via PA3ERA      FJ/SN2012WW via SP9KRT      V47GIW via W4GIW (L)
  A65BP via UA6MF        HK1T via EA5KB              VE2CSI via M0URX
  DB50EFA via DL8DWL    KT3Q/6 via DF8DX            ZF2ZE via NE8Z

    (b) - Bureau only    (L) - LoTW only
    (d) - Direct only    (*) - TI address and eQSL

  EK6LP ON LOTW. Peter, G3ZSS, reports: "If anyone needs a QSO confirmed
  on LoTW with EK6LP, then the secret is to send an E-mail to RN4LP with
  the QSO details. My QSOs were then quickly confirmed on LoTW (within
  1 hour!). I wonder why he just does not post the whole log on LoTW,
  and only responds to individual requests???"

  * JX5O QSLS. Stan, SQ8X, reported this past week about the delay of
    the JX5O QSL cards. He states, "In August 2011 I had been diagnosed
    a serious illness that put my life all upside-down. I really stopped
    counting how many times I've been to a hospital or clinic since then.
    I also had to put all things like my job, not to mention – hobbies –
    totally aside for a long while. Finally, after many months, I start
    to recover and feel slightly better and also finally got sometime
    to take care of things that really bother me because of the delay.
    One of them is JX5O QSL management, which I declare I'm still in
    charge of. I know that many DXers who worked us at Jan Mayen are
    really anxious about receiving the confirmation from JX5O. Unfortu-
    nately, the reason of the delay has been really serious. And the only
    thing I ask for now is a little bit more patience. All OQRS requests
    and direct requests are secured and there is no need to re-send them
    or to worry that your card has been lost." To read Stan's full press
    press release, go to:

  * Paul, I1RBJ, informs OPDX readers [edited]: "I left France last
    November to recover in hospital in Italy for a very aggressive cancer.
    I went twice under surgery and I survived although I am now almost an
    invalid, but I thank God I'm still with Caterina, Sara, Luca and my old
    parents. It's a very hard to accept for a man like me always around but
    it's life and I must accept it.. I'll again be QRT for a long while for
    I must undergo chemio and radio therapies. All QSLs must go now to my
    Italian address (see QRZ) I'll do my best to send them quickly with
    the help of my father I1RB. All the best to my fellow DXers, hope to
    see you all again before too long.....Paul rbj"

  ** OPDX and its readers hope for a quick recovery for both Stan/SQ8X
    and Paul/I1RBJ.

  QSL STATUS ON E51MAN AND E51NOU. Bill, N7OU, reports: "The logs for
  E51MAN and E51NOU have been uploaded to LoTW. If you think there's an
  error, notify me by E-mail and I'll look into it. QSL cards for both
  callsigns are beginning to go out, but it may be 6-8 weeks before I'm
  caught up."


  9G5MP, 9M6XRO, A25FC, A52VM, E51MAN, E51NOU, EL2LF, EL2WS, EX8MLE,


SI9, SWEDEN (Special Event). Special event station SI9AM from the King
Chulalongkorn Memorial in Ragunda, Sweden, the largest Thai Pavilion in
the world outside Thailand, will be active once again between January
25-30th. Operators will be Raf/ON5RZ, Dirk/ON7DS and Fons/ON4AWT. The
trio plan to be an entry in the UBA DX Contest (January 28-29th). Outside
of the contest, activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and FM.
Suggested frequencies are:
  CW  - 1817, 3517, 7017, 10117, 14017, 18077, 21017, 24897 and 28017 kHz
  SSB - 1840, 3760, 7060, 14210, 18160, 21310, 24960 and 28510 kHz
  FM  - 145.550 MHz and repeater RV49 - 145.612.
QSL via SM3CVM, direct or by the Bureau. For more information, visit the
SI9AM Web page at:

T6, AFGHANISTAN (Update). Jørgen "Joe", 5Q2J/OZ2JBC, informs OPDX that
he will be active as T6JP possibly late February. Joe is an electronic
mechanic in the Danish Army. Activity will be on 160-10 meters depending
on the conditions, mostly on RTTY, PSK and SSB with a Yaesu FT-857D (100W).
QSL via 5Q2J. More details will be forthcoming.

TC2012, TURKEY (Special Event). Members of the Special Wireless Activity
Team (TCSWAT) and the Giresun Radio Amateurs and Nature Sports Club
(GITRAD), in collaboration with Turkish Society of Nephrology-Istanbul
Branch, will be on the air as TC2012WKD on March 8th. Activity is taking
place on "World Kidney Day" to raise awareness of the importance of our
kidneys to our overall health, and to reduce the frequency and impact of
kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. Operations
will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, BPSK31 and SSTV. Stations making
contacts on three or more bands or modes will receive a special award
via E-mail. QSL via the TA Incoming QSL Bureau or via TCSWAT. Details
about "World Kidney Day" is available at:

TF, ICELAND. Siggi, TF3CW, has announced that he will be active in the
ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as Single-Op/Single-Band entry.
QSL via LX1NO.

TM70, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the French Army ARC will be
active and using the special callsign TM70TRS during the major domestic
and international contests throughout the year 2012. Activity is to
commemorate the 70th anniversary of the French Army Signal Corps. Look
for operations to also take place during French Army activities (like
open doors and other meetings) and during the French "Coupe du REF"
contests (both CW and SSB parts) on the last weekends of January and
February. QSL via F6KHX.

V3, BELIZE. Art, NN7A, will once again be active as V31JZ/p, but this
time from South Water Caye (NA-180) between January 27th and February
1st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters including the WARC bands and
mostly CW using only 100 watts and wire antennas. There may be some SSB
on the 20/15m IOTA frequencies, and if condition permit. Art will also
be an entry in the CQ 160m Contest (January 27-29th). There will be no
online log or skeds. QSL via NN7A, by the QSL Bureau or direct to: Art
Phillips, P.O. Box 73, Eckert, CO 81418 USA. DO NOT QSL via the Belize
QSL Bureau because there is no active V3 Bureau.

VK0, MACQUARIE ISLAND (VK0TH QRT??). It seems Trevor, VK0TH, has had
enough with the bad behavior during the pile-ups. Trevor, who is expected
to stay on Macquarie until the end of April, states the following on (January 14th): "VK0TH QRT - Operator behavior has become a problem
JA stations and EU stations that constantly call over other stations, don't
hear or jam have turned a fun hobby into a stressful environment. I worked
over 200 JA stations today (13/14 January) and when sending NO JA in the
call it all got very ugly. I will be QRT for the next few days while I
reevaluate how much radio I will continue doing while on Macquarie Island
and how it is done. My apologies to those that wanted VK0/M, I can't see
this behaviour changing, and I'm not willing to spend my free time doing
something that is no longer fun. My apologies. Trevor."
  LAST MINUTE UPDATE (From, January 15th): Trevor, VK0TH, writes,
"Change to Operations - The vast majority of operators are excellent com-
municators, patient and polite however the minority have made operations
over the last week almost impossible. The number of contacts made this
week is less than half of last week due to QRM.
  Effective immediately - No longer will I list real time frequency inform-
ation on my page, and I will no longer self spot on the cluster
when I have limited time available. I will make a habit of 'dropping' into
nets and conversations more often and will QSY when operations become
difficult. Again my apologies, I thought I could work through these huge
pileups and bring order to the chaos. Those that haven't been involved in
these sorts of pileups have all the solutions, splits, work by numbers and
can't understand what is so difficult. I will post some audio samples of
SSB and CW pileups and perhaps that will give you some idea."

VP2, MONTSERRAT. Operators Norbert/DL2RNS, Olaf/DL7JOM and Rudi/DM2XO
will be active as VP2MSN, VP2MOM and VP2MXO, respectively, from Montserrat
(NA-103, WLOTA 1475) between February 27th and March 10th. Activity will
probably be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home

and Rocky/NE7D will be active as VP5OU during the ARRL DX CW Contest
(February 18-19th) as a Multi-Sinlge/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or via
N7OU. The group will be on the island between February 15-22nd. Outside
of the contest, they will be signing VP5/homecalls, operating on 160-10
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.

VP6, PITCAIRN ISLAND (Reminder/Update). Just a reminder that the VP6T
Dxpedition from Pitcairn Island (OC-044, CQ Zone 32) between January
20th and February 4th. This past week, the VP6T Web page reported on
January 11th [edited]: "Since we got many requests asking for 6m oper-
ations, EME, SSTV, 60m, etc .. we would like to clarify the following:
  We are a small team of 5 operators, and we were very limited in baggage
weight and size, mainly on the Air Tahiti domestic flight. So we had to
make choices. While most of us are 6m operators, we had decided to not
spend much of our precious time and effort on this band.
  No antenna will be taken for 6m, as well as no time slot is booked for
6m in our operation schedule (it will already be very hard to keep 3 HF
stations running 24/7 with 5 operators).
  On the other side, we are aware there is potentially an old 5 element
Yagi 6m antenna (left by OH2BR probably). If time permits, we will try
to locate it and if it is still in good shape after 12 years spent on the
island, then we may install it and make some tests on 6m, using con-
ventional modes (CW and/or SSB). In that case, it will be announced on
this web site, or on air by the HF operators.
  So to summarize, 6m operation from Pitcairn has not been on our agenda
since the early planning stage, as well as all others bands/modes that
are not specified on this web site. Thank you for your understanding."
The QSL Manager is Nigel, G3TXF. In addition to the usual routes (Direct
QSLing, QSLing via the Bureau and E-mail requests for Bureau cards to
"QSL at G3TXF dot com"), they will also be using the new "Online QSL
Request Service (OQRS) provided by ClubLog." For more details and the
suggested frequencies, visit the VP6T Web site at:

XP2, GREENLAND. Henning, OZ1BII, will be active as XP2I from OX3KQ's
QTH in Kangerlussuaq between February 24-29th. Activity will be on the
"useable" HF bands mainly on CW. QSL via OZ1BII.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Daryl, W7TAE, will be active as ZF2TE from Grand
Cayman Islands (NA-016) between January 22-27th. Activity will be on
20-6 meters using mainly SSB with some CW. Operations will take place
during his early mornings and afternoon hours. He will operate with 100
watts into a 1/2 wave vertical antenna. Daryl will also be active in
the ARRL VHF Contest, 6 meters only on Sunday the 22nd. QSL via his
home callsign.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Operators Paul/W3GQ and Paul/W3HGT will be active
as ZF2GQ and ZF2GT, respectively, from Grand Cayman (NA-016) between
February 4-11th. QSL via their home callsigns. Both W3GQ and W3HGT state,
"Log will be uploaded to LoTW upon return to USA. Direct QSL requests
should include SASE and sufficient postage. Bureau card requests will
be sent at no charge. eQSL by request only."

ZY78, BRAZIL (Special Event). On February 2nd, the Liga de Amadores
Brasileiros de Rádio Emissão-LABRE (Brazilian Amateur Radio League)
will be celebrating their 78th anniversary. In commemoration of the
event, look for special operations to take place between February 1-5th,
on all bands and modes. Also, look for the National LABRE station to
be active using the special callsign ZY78AA during and throughout the
month of February. All QSOs will be confirmed with a beautiful commemo-
rative QSL card. To receive directly (by mail), send a SAE + IRC or 2
USDs. QSL to all LABRE callsigns via PT2AA.

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